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Gondolas could be Disney’s next new ride

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A construction notice has given more fuel to the rumor that Walt Disney World is planning to build a gondola system connecting Epcot, three Disney resorts and Hollywood Studios.

An official notice of commencement filed in Orange County for the construction of “foundation and building infrastructure” at six different locations could be the gondola’s route, according to WDW News Today.

Walt Disney World remains mum on the rumor.

The proposed gondola would connect Epcot, Hollywood Studios and the Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation and  Pop Century resorts. It would help relieve an overloaded system of buses that transport guests around Walt Disney World Resort.

It’s believed that Disney is contracting with the Doppelmayr/Garaventa group, an Austrian-Swiss company whose chairlifts, cable cars, gondolas and urban people movers can be found in 89 countries around the world. The company’s 3S cable system consumes less energy, has a high passenger capacity and increased wind stability, important assets for Central Florida’s theme parks.

Doppelmayr is not new to Central Florida. It built the elevated train used as the Hogwarts Express between the two Harry Potter lands at Universal Orlando Resort.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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